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R.I. bill sets up reservation checkpoints

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2003

A Rhode Island lawmaker is introducing a bill aimed at thwarting the Narragansett Tribe from offering tax-free tobacco goods.

Rep. Charlene Lima wants to set up "checkpoints" at the border of the tribe's reservation. Consumers who buy goods on the reservation would be required to "declare" their tax-free purchases.

The tribe is considering opening tax-free tobacco shop because it lacks other economic development options. Gov. Donald Carcieri says the tribe has to charge state tax.

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Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe - http://www.narragansett-tribe.org

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